First of all, once you read my blog for the What a Character Blogaton, please go to the banner above and check out the other wonderful posts dedicated to so many Character actors that many do not even know the names of!
So who did I choose out of years and years of amazing actors? I decided to go with Virginia Weidler.
Why little miss Virginia? Well, first of all she is a big part of two of my all time favorite films, The Philadelphia Story and The Women. This girl worked with the best of the best! Norma Shearer, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart and Katharine Hepburn. So why is so such an unknown face today? I have been in search of this concrete answer for years. I guess you can chalk it up a couple different things.
1) This lovely mom passed away at the age of 41 of a heart condition.
2) She was best known as a child star and probably just didn’t find her niche as an adult.
Both of these possibilities are sad.
Born in California in 1927, Virginia was one of six children and made her film debut around the age of 4. Her biggest success was The Philadelphia Story, and if you have not see that…go find it now! I prefer her as kid sis in The Philadelphia Story. Lydia The Tattooed Lady on the piano is one of my favorite scenes in film history. She was sassy, a little smart mouthed and always sweet. A few years earlier in The Women she played “Little Mary” cute little daughter of Norma Shearer. She was touching in this film. These are two very different characters. Same cute face but, in The Women she was more sympathetic, and dramatic.
This child didn’t just sing & dance in her films, she acted. She was good at what she did and is still not as knows as Judy Garland or Shirley Temple. While she tried to continue her career into adult hood, she was over shadowed again by other more “popular” stars.
While on the topic of Shirley Temple, wouldn’t you have loved to see Virginia in Temple’s role in The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer? I thought her and Cary Grant had adorable Chemistry in The Philadelphia Story and would have been fun to see together again.
Weilder never really found her niche and wasnt ever a major “Starring Role Actress”. After her final film “Best Foot Forward” she lost her contract at MGM and decided not to pursue any more acting roles. (Our loss!). After holding her own against so many big stars, she was simply gone.
“Ginny” went on to marry a Naval Officer, have two little boys and pass away much to early! According to her husband, she was always quick to change the subject of her films and never watched her films.
I guess I gravitate to her because she did pass too young and failed to give interviews after she left MGM which leaves us with many questions un-answered about her. There are not many pages, books, or anything with information her. She was very private and that has ultimately led to us just not knowing who she really was. I knew there wasnt much information on her when I chose her and I really deep down thought that I could find so much about her if I just did some research. Sadly, I didn’t. I found much of what I already knew. I apologize there is no new information here for Ginny fans. I hope someday some of her family can give us a bigger picture of who she was.
Again, here is an actress who is unknown and will never know how much this community right here adores her. Will she ever know how wonderful her work really is? Would she have cared? Would she have ever done an interview in her later years or opened up about her films? Sadly, we just wont know. I will assume for my own sake that she would have been proud of you, me, and this community of wonderful film fans who so adore and appreciate her.
What I want from this blog is for you to introduce one person to this wonderful lady.Like with all of these Character Actors for this blogathon….let get their names out there! Thank you ladies for hosting this event. Classic Film appreciation causes are always fun!
The lovely Kellee over at Outspoken and Freckled reminded me that in all the excitement of my 11 classic film questions, I had forgotten to list my 11 things about myself. I guess in all honesty I prefer to discuss classic more than myself but, I digress…Here are my 11 rando things about myself.
1) I actually in a different way, full filled my “life long dream”. My dream as a kid was to be a photographer or writer and who did I want to work for? The President of the United States. I wanted to be his personal photographer who traveled with him or his speech writer. I discovered that dream when I was in about 5th grade and a few weeks ago I did’nt exactly conquer that actual dream but what I did do was cover the President as a member of the press (I work for a newspaper) and I got to both write about him and photograph him. So, My “life long dream” came true in a different way the year I turned 29.
2) I was a classic movie fan for a few years before I ever watched on Katharine Hepburn film. I had always felt she was highly over rated and could not find the reason people loved her. I wanted to find people who were under appreciated to worship. Finally, since I am a HUGE Cary Grant fan I decided I had to give in and watch The Philadelphia Story. BAM, I was hooked and turns out it is my all time favorite film. And yet another Hepburn fan was born. Now I can not get enough of her, and will watch everything she is in. But, what craziness was running through my head to pretty much go 3 or so years boycotting her and her films. Look at how much time I wasted hating her just because everyone else loved her. I will be the first to admit, I am a total idiot. For my 28th Birthday my sister, her husband and my husband took me to see it in a theater. It was the best birthday I have ever had. And my brother in law, who is a “hater” of Black and White films loved every second of it. So, I apologize Miss Hepburn for being too stubborn for my own good. I eat my words now, and worship the ground you walked on.
3) This may sound like a huge plate of crazy but, I think the most beautiful and peaceful place in the world is the United States Capitol. On Sept. 10, 2011 our friends and us drove to the Capitol from where we were staying in Maryland. It was almost midnight, and almost eerily quiet. The only other people there were the two large security guards. We hadn’t really known at the time that there were threats to the Capitol and maybe that is why we were alone, but at that moment it didn’t matter. It was beautiful, just magnificent and serene. I had never felt more at peace in my life. A few months later we went back and it was again still just as amazing as the first time. There were people everywhere and I still found it so peaceful, like it is where I belong. And, I guess that is why it is my favorite place on earth.
4) I am not Wildly into music. I am not sure why. Nerdy as it sounds when I ride in the car alone I listen to old Lux Radio Shows on my iPhone. I guess the soundtrack to my life would most definitely be a classic film score….and I am okay with that. If I had to listen to music, it would be Sinatra, Martin, Simon and Garfunkel or something else bit old school.
5) Since I was a freshman in High School I have loved everything about History and Politics. I have hours of debates, on tape and DVD from the last 15 years. When I was about 8 I became obsessed with Jackie Kennedy and have been on a steady Love of politics track every since. I have scrapbooks I put together as a kid with everything Kennedy. I remember spending hours carefully ironing newspapers and national enquirers to keep the value up and wrinkles out. (My sweet grandmothers idea. she wasn’t that crafty, lol) I noticed a few weeks ago that I had shelves and shelves of Kennedy books. So I counted…I have on my shelves right now 84 Kennedy books. when you throw in all of my other political books, the number grows to about 158. 158!!! Books all about Politics! When the cable guy came to our new home he said he noticed I was from a military family. I just said, uh huh. I am not. I just have a lot of Patriotic things including a flag carefully stored in display box that had flown over the Capitol, another my brother in law few in our name in Afghanistan on his base and photos of one of my best friends who was killed in Iraq 5 years ago. Then there is the “Democrat” room as it is so colorfully called. I have paintings of Bobby & Jack Kennedy, One of all the democratic presidents playing pool (Im so in love with that one) a RFK poster from the event he was murdered, and more. So, I go from Classic film to Politics in the blink of an eye and love it.
6) Speaking of vast collections of “stuff” I have a Classic Movie room. Our attic in our new house had been converted into a large TV room or the term I hate to use “man cave” (ugh) anyway, I begged my husband to turn it into my Classic film room. this comes complete with hundreds of DVD, Classic Film Decor, Posters, my collection of Autographs, and so much more. I love to just go sit and look at it. We don’t have a TV in there at the moment so we use the screen and projector to watch some silents at night up there. I am so in love with it and anytime yall want to come visit, you have a room waiting for you up there! 🙂 Though it isn’t fully done now, its a start!
7) I have one child. The most beautiful 6 year old you have ever seen. He is named after my grandfather and seriously the most wonderful little person ever. People give me a lot of grief for only having one kid, but during my pregnancy with him they found that I have a weak heart and having children is very hard on me. The advice was to not have any more. I have struggled with this for years and have decided I would like one more, but I need health insurance to get my heart checked before we can proceed with any decision. I wish I could explain that to people who get one me about the fact we need more kids but, really at the moment it just isn’t possible. So, that is why I have one perfect child and no more. Maybe in time, maybe not. For now he is the light of my life and I have him…and that is enough for me. On a brighter note, I have 9 nieces! 0 nephews. LOL. Alex is surrounded by women and I think he likes it!
8) My comfort food is Hot Wings with Bleu Cheese. I can not get enough, never ever! If I am down I always turn to wings, If I am happy…I turn to wings. If I had to chose my last meal, Wings would be it. I am a fanatic and I want to compete in a wing eating contest. Seriously. when I was in High School a group of friends and I would drive to the next town (since our town was 100 people with no restaurants or gas stations) we would drive the 20 minutes to get wings every Thursday night…for over two years. Now I live in a town that doesn’t serve them. Blasphemy I tell you! So now they are a luxury.
9) I have said this before and I will tell it again. Like many of you, I get Now Playing every month. I only look at the films on from 1pm on during the work week. Why do I do something so stupid? When I wake up in the morning, no matter where I am, D.C., Montana, Vegas, Deleware…anywhere I turn on the TV and see what is on. If its something I really love I know my day will be great. If it is something I dont like, I know my day wont be as good. I watch it as I get ready for work. I believe if its something good It makes my mood better and therefore I have a better day. Example, Today “It Happened One Night” was on. I was thrilled, and so far my day has been pretty good. It is my “day gage” and I swear by it. Thank you TCM.
10) I am a very shy person in real life who is know for her evil face. I don’t know why, I am almost painfully shy with people I don’t know. Once I know you, I promise I am a loud, annoying, barrel of laughs. On the other hand The joke in my family is that my mom and my’s sitting face is evil looking. I can be having a great time, but just sitting and listening to something or watching something or even thinking and I still have a evil look on my face. If you see me, I promise I’m not judging or hating (I promise I will be the last person to do either of those things) Its just he face my mom passed down to me. I am a glass half empty person most of the time, that comes from my job. Daily I get told how bad our newspaper is or how my photos/articles are terrible. I have found that people just like to complain and with my evil face, they target me first. lol. So, with the daily beating my coworker and I endure we have turned into very surly people. Sad, so sad. I hope it changes or people start to appreciate we work very hard and believe in our product. I guess this argument is for another time. but, I dont smile a big toothy smile a lot because I am ashamed of my teeth and self conscious most of the time. Never take it personally! Inside I am happy. Outside I just look evil.
11) My guilty pleasure and my favorite newer movie is Beerfest. What more is there to say. Five hilarious guys in a beer drinking competition to defend the memory of their grandfather and honor their great-grandmother while representing the USA….come on. It’s too good. It’s just too damn good! I love to get a 6 pack and just sit and watch this movie. I laugh every. single. time. It hasn’t gotten old and I bet I have watched it roughly 100 times. If I am really in a guilty pleasure kind of mood, I top it with one of three shows. 30Rock, The League or Arrested Development. I am almost ashamed to admit this to fellow Classic Film Fans but, I dig some toilet humor. Sorry. I said it.
I hope you have enjoyed these random facts about me. I had a hard time thinking of things and i hope you don’t think its too lame. Also, don’t hate me for my weird quirks. 🙂
I was thrilled to discover I recently received a Liebster award from one of my favorite Twitter gals and fellow blogger/cinema soul mate Kellee over at Outspoken & Freckled Thank you Kellee!!! The Liebster award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers. It’s a great way to promote bloggers and find new ones. I am excited about this so, on with the show.
Here are the Rules:
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
4. Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post.
5. Go to their page and tell them. Kellee let me know on Twitter, loved that!
6. NO TAG BACKS. Although I will answer my own questions.
And my eleven questions:
1. What is your earliest classic film memory?
My earliest film memory was kind of a two part answer, My grandfather loved the Three Stooges and always had my sister and I staying up late with him to watch if they were on. (That is one of my best memories) around the same time, my dad would sit up and watch silents if they on late. I never joined because at the time I found them creepy, which is funny because now they are a work of art in my eyes!
2. Who are your top favorite directors (modern or classic)?
George Cukor. The man was a genius in every sense of the word! He directed two of my all time favorites. The Philadelphia Story & The Women….and a little bit of Gone with the Wind, but that is for another day. He was just amazing and so beloved by the Actresses. His list of films answers this question for me.
3. How has your love of movies (classic or modern) influenced other areas of your life?
(Classic) It has introduced me to some of my now closest friends, it has brought so much joy into my family. Movie nights are now a thing we have. We all curl up and watch something like “Bringing up Baby” as a family. My love has led us to take a few family trips to film showings or festivals, which in turn creates amazing memories for my son and myself. I cant really described how much or how beautifully it has influenced my life but, it has in so many ways.
4. What film/s (classic or modern) do you think has the best music score?
Hands Down, The Third Man. The Harry Lime Theme is what runs in my head as my own personal soundtrack and also provides my iPhone with one amazing ring tone! The Third Man Theme aka The Harry Lime Theme is an instrumental written and performed by Anton Karas. According to legend, the different variations of this theme have sold 40 million copies since its release in 1950.
5. Who are your favorite character actors (modern or classic) and why?
It is hard to just name a few but, if I had to say some of the best (Thomas Mitchell would be numero uno but, ended up being a heavier character later on) So, I would say S. Z. Sakall in my all time favorite Christmas film Christmas in Connecticut. Next, Edward Everett Horton with Hepburn & Cary Grant in Holiday….Such an UNDER ESTIMATED AND UNDER APPRECIATED FILM!!! Charles Coburn in pretty much anything! The only way he is any better is if it is a Jean Arthur Film. There are so many more, now I question whether Thomas Mitchell would be a full on classified Character Actor…think about it and let me know.
6. Which films have made the most impact from a fashion perspective in your opinion and/or are simply your favorite/s from a fashion/style/design perspective (modern or classic)?
Gold Digger’s of 1933 made me totally rethink EVERYTHING I knew about fashion in the 30’s. When I thought it was pinned up, long skirts and boring hats this film opens with the “We’re in the Money” montage and boom, there is sex. Those outfits were bonkers and sexy and I loved every second of that opening! So, what I learned from that and from broadening my 30’s film knowledge is really they were sexy and not everyone was as prude as Aunt Katherine in Another Thin Man.
7. Who are your favorite villains (modern or classic)?
I don’t know really. I like the guy who you kind of fall in love with then BAM he is the bad guy. To reference Another Thin Man (again) Jimmy Stewart. I was like WTF?! I think I actually yelled, WTF. Or, Lon Chaney in “The Unknown” He is clearly a bit evil but you fall for him then BOOM he is the bad guy trying to kill someone, then BOOM again….he is the good guy who dies for the woman he loves happiness. I like those guys. Maybe villain is the wrong word to use here but, Vivian Leigh in Waterloo Bridge, you love her so much but, she turns out to be her own villain. sad. If we have to go, like real life villains…Edward G. Robinson in Key Largo. He is bad ass smoking his cigar in the bath with a fan blowing on him. You know he is one bad ass mofo…then you find out he is scared of storms (humanizes him a bit) then he tries to kill my fake boyfriend (Soldier! Hey Soldier) and again, he is back to being a total bad ass mofo. Love it.
8. If you were in a classic film, who would play you, your best pal and your significant other?
I think I would like Norma Shearer to play me, if not her maybe Myrna Loy. My significant other, Cary Grant or Bogie and my best pal….Katie Hepburn or……Irene Dunne. Its a tough decision. Ok, now that you have read this, am I the only one who thinks that maybe Norma and Bogie wouldn’t have gotten along? Something to ponder.
9. If you could choose any television show (modern or classic), which show would you do a remake of and feel free to add who would star (modern or classic/dead or alive) in it.
Hilarity will now ensue. Sex and The City.
Ginger Rogers (Sexy, smart and level headed) as Carrie,
Joan Fontaine (a little virginal, sweet and almost naive) as Charlotte,
1939 Joan Crawford would work but we all know Norma and Joan didn’t see eye to eye so for less drama Mae West who better for Samantha right?
Rosalind Russell (smart, sexy and quick witted) as Miranda.
Supporting Cast would include; Cary Grant as Aiden, the man who we all love and wanted Carrie to end with but Tony Curtis as Mr. Big has that broad sexy personality and is good at the chase. William Powell would have to be Steve, Funny, Sweet and Adorable, Harry? Harry would have to be Dennis Morgan. Cute, and he has those eyes that when he looks at a woman he loves, you can tell and he would be great for Joan.
10. What’s your favorite sassy/snarky come-back line from any film?
“Want me to spit in her eye? You’re passing up a swell chance, honey. Where I spit no grass grows ever” Miraim Aarons in the Women.
11. Who are your favorite comedy actors?
Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, William Powell, Clark Gable, Rosalind Russell, Jean Arthur, Barbara Stanwyck, Irene Dunne, The Three Stooges (Top ones!) Harold Lloyd, Keaton, Chaplain, Harry Langdon, etc. This list could seriously go on FOREVER!
This was a total Blast!!! Thank you Kellee! I love it.
My list of questions? All of mine will be Classic film related, so from 1960 and below. (sorry thats my strong era)
1) Favorite 1910 thru 1950’s film of all time and why?
2) Most under appreciated actor and actress of the classic era.
3) 5 Classic films you would show if you got to host TCM for a night.
4) Movie that scares you the most?
5) Classic Star you never quite became a fan of or understood?
6) Most under appreciated film of the classic era?
7) Favorite Musical and why?
8) What was the first classic film you saw that made you “get it?”
9) What is your “Guilty Pleasure” film?
10) Fake Dinner, 8 classic film actors/actresses GO!
11) Favorite Film Noir?
I award this Liebster Award to…(Drum Roll Please) I only have a small list, as I dont know a lot of film bloggers yet. Im still a newbie!
Angela over at The Hollywood Revue
Aurora at Once Upon a Screen
Trevor over at A Modern Musketeer
Jessica over at Comet Over Hollywood
Raquelle over at Out of the Past
What exactly does this mean? Well, I guess it is what I think personally for myself was the Programming hit and misses this year.
We all have an opinion, How could they have this star and not this movie?
These just happen to be my personal opinion’s on this years Scheduling.
2012 Summer Under The Stars Scheduling Hits
Thursday August 2nd, Myrna Loy Day was a major hit, as it always is in my home. Let’s face it. Primetime is called Prime Time for a reason. It is really the only part of the day that most of us can actually sit down to watch a movie. The choices from 1:00PM starting with Libeled Lady and going right through the Thin Man at 11PM was a great choice. We got to enjoy some of our personal favorites from the moment we got off of work until we went to bed. Those included, Mr. Blandings builds his dream house and The Best Years of our Lives. It was a great schedule choice!
Saturday August 4th, was Marilyn Monroe Day. Over the years I have slowly gotten over the Mass Produced image that I knew her by. I have now come to appreciate the very witty and sweet comedic actor she was. I was thrilled her day fell on a Saturday. I got to enjoy some old favs and find some new favs. I know this may sound crazy but, I really enjoyed River of no Return! who knew? I always enjoy Niagara, The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and the most amazing of all movies Some like it Hot.
August 5th, Claude Raines. Don’t even get me started on my monster crush and love affair with Claude Raines. Love him, Love him, Love him! Four Daughters, Four Wives and Four Mothers on that morning were fabulous! I was so happy this fell on a Sunday where I could do nothing but plant myself in front of the TV. Mr. Skeffington my all time favorite Claude film was on at 9:30. This teetered on my love/hate timing list. I will go with it was a hit…only a little bit though. It started early enough to get attention but, ended a little to late. I hope that people who were seeing it for the first time stayed up to catch it all, especially the end. (sniff) Its just soooo good!!!
Friday, August 10th. Lionel Barrymore. Another one of my personal Fav’s. Grand Hotel on at 10:15 am not great for me, but the Prime Time slot of You Cant Take It With You was just fabulous. I wish they did show this film more on TCM. It is just wonderful and how can you not fall in love with Lionel Barrymore over and over in this film. Bravo!
TCM 2012 Summer Under The Stars Scheduling Misses
August 4th, Marilyn Monroe Day, Big Miss here in my opinion. How to Marry a Millionaire was not on until midnight. Big Big Miss. This is one of my favorite films and one of Marilyn’s funniest. I feel it earned at least a 5:00 p.m. time slot or even 1:00 p.m. Since it was a Saturday, people could possibly be home. We are showcasing talents here and that is one of her greatest films in my opinion. It easily deserved better than midnight.
Tuesday, August 7th, Sidney Poitier Day was a huge miss for me. Two of my personal fav’s were not shown at all this year. I know they need to show a bit of everything and something new. Guess who’s Coming to Dinner and The Defiant Ones. I was very sad to not see at least The Defiant Ones make the cut. But, again I understand, we need to make way for unseen or seldom seen films. Just sad, that’s all.
Wednesday, August 8th, Rita Hayworth. Gilda on at Midnight. Big Miss. Enough Said.
Sunday, August 12th. Ginger Rogers. I was very sad that Kitty Folye was aired 11:00 am. She won an Oscar for this role, it is a wonderful film and should have been shown at 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm, or at least 9:00 pm. We know and love her dancing films yes, but Kitty Foyle really showcases major talent.
Monday, August 13th. Deborah Kerr Day. From here to Eternity at 12:15am? Really? And No An Affair to Remember? Boo. Just Boo.
Wednesday, August 15th, Lillian Gish. Great Choice, However I would have loved to have this day on a Saturday or Sunday. That is the only problem.
What were some of your hits and misses the first half of August 2012?
What is there I can say about one of my favorite men?
I guess we can go to the start of my love for Harold.
Silent films used to scare the pants off me. I mean, they were creepy, grainy and the music sounded like something you heard in a funeral home. Well, One night after a car accident when I was 18, I was flipping though the channels. It was about 2 am and nothing was on. I have always been in love with New York, Babe Ruth & Coney Island. So, when I caught this BEAUTIFUL Black and White image of Coney Island on my TV, I stopped. Is this film really a silent? The music was cheerful, the quality was amazing and the actor was not creepy at all! So I watched. I fell in love. The next morning I got up and decided to find more films with this handsome man in horn rimmed glasses. I got on the internet and found out he was Harold Lloyd and the best part? He was from Nebraska and better yet, he was from a town only 45 miles from me! What the What?!?
I was beyond excited and thrilled to find a few Harold Lloyd clips on you tube. I contacted my friend Cohen who did a blogtalk radio show on classic films and began to question him on this Lloyd guy. He gave me some info, and send me some films he had and I was blown away. He was funny, and the movies were amazing. After more research I found that his home in Burchard, Nebraska was still there and better yet had been restored and you could visit the Harold Lloyd Birth Home. We loaded the car on a Sunday afternoon and drove over.
The house was locked up but there was a number to call on the front door. We walked around, looked and took some photos and left. We went back a few weeks later with an appointment and got in the house. While it is small, only about 3 rooms…it was still fun to imagine the Lloyd family in the late 1800’s running through that small Burchard house.
An idea sprung up when the lady who gave us the tour mentioned they hardly have enough money to heat/cool it or even keep it painted. A wonderful group of locals donated time, and money to keep it going but it wasnt enough. So, I called my friend Cohen and the First Annual Harold Lloyd Bash was born.
The first event was great! We had lots of Harold Films Donated by Kino, the Pawnee City Promotional Network donated money for food and the Harold Lloyd Collection, we had a 4th grade class come clear across Nebraska to join the fun and when the night hit, we had films on the side of the house. It was pure magic!
We were on cloud nine. The next year, we tried to do the same thing but the turn out was awful. We were very disheartened. We had not made even $100 for the upkeep of the house. We were in a hard spot. Try again or wait a year or two. So, we waited. So, I am asking you…begging you to consider contacting me for info on how to send money to keep the house going. Even if it is $5.00! They need money for the utilities, lawn care and painting. We have been fighting to keep this place alive for years now and it has become very personal for me. Or better yet, come visit and drop me a line. I would love to give you the tour!
Now, why am I drawn to this man? Take my favorite film of his “Speedy” He is sweet, handsome and hilarious. “It Smells Like Rain” is a phrase I use often and it makes my husband and I giggle every time. If you have seen the film, when he yells that, that means there is trouble. The Coney Island sequence is one of the greatest in any film and the cameo by Babe Ruth and footage of NYC is just amazing. It is like stepping back in time. (Watch for Harold Flipping himself the bird also) Harold plays a soda jerk who looses his job, he is an avid baseball (Yankee) fan and is taking care of his lady and her “pop”. I wont go into the entire plot but, I think this is a great starter film for Non-Silent fans.
Dr. Jack, this film opens with a little girl calling Dr. Jack (Harold) to come to her house. After some mishaps he makes it to find out his patient is this little girls Dolly. Sweet and funny all in one.
Another one of my favorites is “For Heaven’s Sake” find it and watch is ASAP! Harold plays a millionaire who falls for a girl (who is poorer than him) and works in her brothers mission. The scene where he is eating her desserts is hilarious!
Safety Last. That is all I need to say. This film is perfection from start to finish!
I have loved nearly every film Harold has done. I have also loved exploring the person he was before the boy in the Horn Rimmed Glasses.
He was a man who married one of his sweetest Co-Stars Mildred Davis.
He was a man who posed with what he thought was a prop bomb, only to have it blow up near his face and nearly blind him, and he lost all but two of his fingers. His prosthetic hand is easy to spot in some of his films.
He was a 3D photographer who worked with women like Marilyn Monroe.
He was a dog lover.
He was a man who lost some of his films in a vault fire on his estate Green Acres.
He was a Shriner, Father, and very devoted grandfather who raised his granddaughter.
He was funny.
He was above all things, the man who welcomed me into Silents and introduced me to my love of Keaton, Chaplin, Chaney, and the silent Garbo, Crawford and Shearer. He instilled into me a grand love of all things silent! This passion led me to some of my best friends, Cohen, Angie, Tanya & Gary, and many other great friends like Trevor, Kellee, Kristen, Bruce, Bill, Annette, and more!
I find that the best way to argue with anyone who says they “HATE” silent films is to give them a good Harold Lloyd film. The crisp picture and story line will draw them in and they will fall in love. Im so proud that Harold is our “hometown” boy!
I am a little scared to admit this to my fellow Classic Film Fans but, there was a day where I couldn’t tolerate Marilyn Monroe. Ill duck while you throw things at me…………
Okay, now hear me out.
Anyone my age (28) has spent years having images of Marilyn thrown at them. She was this “sex goddess” with a tragic story. Idiots like Anna Nicole Smith & Lindsay Lohan have idolized her and recreated her image. (blech) When people like Lindsay Lohan name you as their idol…something is wrong. Right? Everyone knows who she is, everyone knows the tragic story that surrounds her. Everyone assumes she posed nude all the time, slept with a Kennedy and tragically “overdosed”. These are the things I had heard. When you said Marilyn Monroe first this garbage popped into my mind.
The term I like to use was Over Exposed. Highly, Horribly, Sadly over exposed. They made her a tacky product. (Just like one of my old fav’s Audrey Hepburn) Everywhere you look, there she was in this sexy pose with that nearly white hair and pouty lips. I didnt care for it.
When I first got into Classic Films I was and still am head over heels in love with Tony Curtis, hello sexy! But, I just couldn’t bring myself to watch Some Like It Hot. That awful Monroe woman was in it. She isnt an actress. Yuck. But, I gave in…Loved it and doubt started to wash over me. I concluded it was a fluke, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon made her look good. They could make me look good. So, I was not convinced.
Along came How To Marry a Millionaire.
I am a huge Bacall and Powell fan so naturally I could look past the fact Marilyn was in this film. I devoured it. Robert Osborne said in his closing of the film Saturday that everyone expected Monroe to be the hit of the movie but, it turned out Bacall was, etc. Well, I NEVER disagree with Bob…until now. I found her to be so funny, and sweet. I thought she was the star of the film! She can do comedy and do it very well. I was starting to question why I hated her so much. She was so endearing and I was eating my words. Over the next couple years I found “Millionaire” to be my favorite “cleaning” or “Working” film. If I was doing some editing I would turn that movie on and just listen to it, Cleaning was the same routine. I had seen it so many times that I could listen and not have to watch. I decided to give Monroe a chance.
I watched “River of No Return”, “Niagara”, “Gentleman Prefer blonde’s” and “Seven Year Itch” I was shockingly blow away! I really enjoyed these films and even more, I enjoyed her. Yes, the breathy voice exhausts me but, who cares she was damn good. I will admit, It surprised me. So, when The TCM Summer under the Stars line up came out, I was excited for a day of Marilyn Movies.
Saturday night after watching “Gentlemen Prefer Blonde’s” I walked into the kitchen, called my husband “piggy” in the breathy Monroe voice and laughed. My wise husband looked at me and said “You know, people thought she was dumb, I think she was smarter than all of them. She built an image that people still talk about today and can mock knowing that is your imitation of Monroe” Wow, color me blown away! He was right. She wasn’t stupid, not at all.
I am sad at all the years I refused to give her a chance. I know there are others like me and I really hope that if you read this, and you are one of those people…give her a chance. I wished she knew how much she is really appreciated. Take away all the tacky shit, and there is a movie star…a legit movie star there. Better yet, there is a vulnerable woman who did her best. I hope somewhere she is smiling knowing that TCM and other film fans are doing our best to have her known for this…
I don’t mind making jokes, but I don’t want to look like one.